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One Man's Love

(The Highland Lords #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  732 ratings  ·  31 reviews
She Swore to Hate Him...

He was her enemy, a British colonel in war torn Scotland. But as a youth, Alec Landers, Earl of Sherbourne, had spent his summers known only as Ian, running free on the Scottish Highlands—and falling in love with the tempting Leitis MacRae. With her fiery spirit and vibrant beauty, she is still the woman who holds his heart, but revealing his herita
Paperback, 376 pages
Published April 3rd 2001 by Avon (first published April 1st 2001)
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Joanna Loves Reading
This was another great story by Karen Ranney, who was one of my favorite finds of last year. Her prose is filled with much emotion, and I often felt, especially in the beginning, that I was was on the edge of weeping. The prologue takes place on the hero's eleventh birthday. He is half Scot (maternal) and half English. He is the heir to an earldom in England, but his mother's father is chief to the McRae clan. He and his mother visit Scotland for two months every year, which is where they are on ...more
3.5/5. Ranney's prose is beautiful as ever and the the beginning was great. She lost me somewhat halfway through with the improbable plot of the Alec masquerading as Scottish folk hero, the Raven and the fact that not only did the heroine not recognise the man behind the half mask, but she disturbingly enjoyed his Alec's kisses (albeit reluctantly) even after she had laid with his alter ego, Ian/Raven. I also did not like the way it ended. I felt, he ran away from his responsibilities to his Eng ...more
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
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I liked it. (view spoiler) I was wondering how it was going to end during this very tumultuous time for the Scots, and I thought the ending was satisfying and unique.
BJ Rose
Feb 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book began with a light-hearted childhood scene: while spending the summer in the Highlands with his mother, 11-year-old Ian steals a kiss from Leitis, who promptly slaps him, so you just know that these two are meant to be a couple. But then Ian's English mother is raped and killed by a rival Scots clan, and Ian's love of his Scots heritage turns to hate, and this story becomes much more than I was expecting.

Years later, Colonel Alec Landers returns to Gilmuir under orders from the Duke of
Nov 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
1746 Scotland

What a really good story. I loved how he was the Butcher and Ian at the same time. It was a wonderful love story with not alot of sex, but good plot. Ready to read the next one!
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book but it made me really hate the English. British Empire my ass.
Feb 27, 2019 rated it liked it
While the writing was excellent, the mis-characterization of history continually rubbed me the wrong way. Scotland did not lose to England. Individual battles, yes, but overall, Scotland did not lose. James VI and 1st reigned a long time as James VI in Scotland before he added the crown of England, becoming James 1st of England. That is what joined the two kingdoms into one. He was a bit of a faithless, elitest, wealthy noble, moving directly to England and sparing few thoughts for Scotland othe ...more
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I forgot how beautifully sad Karen Ranney’s books can be. This one is set in late 1747 in the Scottish Highlands, which all you history lovers know means a few months after the battle of Culloden and the end of the Scottish clan system. Our hero is an English colonel sent to oversee a newly constructed fort to subdue the Scots. Our heroine is a Scottish villager struggling to keep her fellow Scots from starving to death. When her uncle openly defies laws against piping, the colonel takes her hos ...more
3 stars.

Book 1 in the Highland Lords series.

I enjoyed this book…but… unfortunately Ms. Ranney takes great themes and then doesn’t use them to really further the romantic tension between the main characters. Leitis MacRae, our heroine, is Scottish, and a childhood friend of Ian MacRae (half Scot, half English). Ian and his mother visited Scotland to visit his grandfather every summer. One summer disaster strikes and Ian stops returning to Scotland. Fast-forward to several years later, July 174
Trudy Miner
Jan 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In the years following Culloden, Colonel Alex Landers was given command of Fort William by the Duke of Cumberland and told to stamp out the Scottish insurgents once and for all. Unfortunately, Alex Landers is half Scots and is from Gilmuir, his childhood home, and the very one Alex is charged with subjugating! Not only that, but also, Leitis MacRae, his childhood friend and for whom he's carried a torch all these years, lives there and Leitis is nothing but beautiful, spunky and the embodiment o ...more
One Man's Love - VG
Ranney, Karen - 1st in The Highland Lords series

Alec Landers spent his boyhood summers falling in love with Leitis McRae on the Scottish Highlands. The now-grown Earl of Sherbourne has returned to this troubled land a British colonel, and therefore a foe to the bewitching lass who still holds his heart. Agreeing to become an enemy colonel's prisoner in her uncle's stead, Leitis is confused by the traitorous passion she feels whenever her captor is near. But Alec dares not reve
Dec 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable read. As children Leitis and her boyhood friend, Alec(also know as Ian) were very close. he was the grandson of the laird of the castle and she lived in the nearby village, but when his mother died, and it was rumored she was killed by Scots, he swore revenge on Scotland and returned to England. many years later, he is the Colonel at the newly built Ft. William near the ruins of his grandfather's castle. He and Leitis meet again, she does not know who he is but he knows her. An ...more
Claire Mojieski
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Dec 17, 2009
May 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Very good story. I really enjoyed the sense of place and most of the characters. There was little conflict between the main characters in that the masking of the hero, pretending to be someone else, then ultimately the heroine found out who he really was didn't have that extra zing to it.

Also the seditious act by the hero had very small consequences which was rather surprising because the author did not explore them very much. I would have thought there would be more problems arising from this a
Jul 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Set in the years in which England consolidated winning its war with Scotland, a hero who is an English officer and hides his deep Scottish roots, finds a path to balance his conflicts, and to win the woman who had been his best friend in their long-ago childhood -- and doing it in a way to conceal his identity. Nice balance of traditional elements and a very difficult historical period, but I didn't care for the use of a mask by our hero.
Tammy Nitschke Sokol
Loved it, it's enthralling!

I love Karen Ranneys books, and I have a few in this series in paperback stored somewhere, but I had to read this one, since it started it all!! Very well worth reading. Very reminiscent of Diana Gabaldons Outlander minus the time travel!
Apr 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-russian, nook
Very Robin Hood, but I loved that Alec tried to be all men to Latice and was sappy happy that it all worked out
❆ Crystal ❆
What an amazing book. What an amazing story. It was a shocker! I loved it. I will read again. 10 stars.
Feb 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: historical
DNF. Meah, it was easy to skim over so much of this before I threw in the towel.
Sep 26, 2012 rated it liked it
loved the childhood scene! it has to be my favourite part of the book.
Gaylene Mclean
Jul 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Really enjoyed this book. Had a nice touch of history
Jan 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was first in the series. I read the entire list and LOVED them all.
Mar 22, 2015 rated it did not like it
non-virginal heroine
Feb 26, 2014 rated it liked it
positiv and romantic and easy to read. For me 3/5 :)
Beckyloohoo Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ aka Mrs. Acheron Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ
It was an OK read, but I didn't fall in love with it. If I have some free time I might read another in the series to see if I like it any better, but it's not on my "Have to Read" list.
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